Randy Weeks readies new CD
Sunday, November 16, 2008
– Randy Weeks will follow his 2006 album "Sugarfinger" with "Going My Way" on Certifiable Records on Feb. 24, 2009. Weeks recently moved from Los Angeles to Austin, which is reflected on the CD. The album was produced by Will Sexton and features such players as long-time guitarist Tony Gilkyson plus Austinites Eliza Gilkyson, Cindy Cashdollar, Rick Richards and Mark Hallman.
The music includes funky soul-infused songs ("Fine Way To Treat Me" and "I Think You Think") and rootsy rockers ("A Lot To Talk About" and the title track)
Weeks is best known for penning Lucinda Williams' hit "Can't Get Go" from "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." Weeks was also a founding member of HighTone Records artists the Lonesome Strangers.
Weeks said he moved because "Life in L.A. was comfortable - maybe a little too comfortable. I knew I could count on a packed house at every gig, and I lived in a cool little shack three blocks from the beach. But it became time to shake things up. Sometimes that's what needed to shift things into high gear."
Weeks' prior solo records are 2000's "Madeline" (HighTone) and two self-releases, "Sold Out at the Cinema" (2003).
CD reviews for Randy Weeks
Going My Way
Country music fans have recently lamented the fact their favorite art form has become more of a synthesis of rock and pop than pure country. On his latest, Randy Weeks proves to be no exception to the aforementioned trend, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He is a deft singer-songwriter who for the most part combines clever lyrics with catchy, hummable melodies.
I Couldn't Make It, Fine Way To Treat Me, Little Bit of Sleep and the title track would all make good crossover »»»
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Randy Weeks' third CD delivers just such an experience. "Transistor Radio" is purportedly already a hit in Los Angeles, Weeks' homebase. But for those of us who missed out on Weeks when he was with the Lonesome Strangers and missed his debut career that »»»
Ex-Lonesome Stranger Randy Weeks returns to action with this solo release. Those looking for Lonesome Strangers redux are likely to be disappointed, however. Weeks's singing duty in that band was mainly to contribute to its hillbilly harmony; here, his distinctive, reedy voice stands on in its own. Here, too, Weeks provides his own clutch of songs, instead of (for the most part) singing on those of former partner Jeff Rymes. The result is more diverse material - the soulful "Baby You Have to »»»
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